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Title: Effectiveness of a Japanese-style health program in Minowa Town, Matsumoto city and Nagano city, Japan
Authors: Satomi Fujimori
Suchinda Jarupat Maruo
Toshiaki Watanabe
Naoya Taki
Fumihito Sasamori
Kazuki Kobayashi
Hisaki Akasaki
Masao Okuhara
Ryoji Uchiyama
Kazuki Ashida
Hisaaki Tabuchi
Koji Terasawa
Suwa University of Science
Shinshu University
Mahidol University
University of Innsbruck
Graduate School of Medicine
National Institute of Technology
Keywords: Medicine;Psychology;Social Sciences
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2020
Citation: International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare. (2020)
Abstract: © 2020, Satomi Fujimori, Suchinda Jarupat Maruo, Toshiaki Watanabe, Naoya Taki, Fumihito Sasamori, Kazuki Kobayashi, Hisaki Akasaki, Masao Okuhara, Ryoji Uchiyama, Kazuki Ashida, Hisaaki Tabuchi and Koji Terasawa. Purpose: This study aims to establish a Japanese-style healthcare program customized for Japan and Asia under ISO 9001: 2008 (ISO: International Organization for Standardization) to improve problem areas and to inspect the effectiveness of the program. Furthermore, the authors wanted to create this health program using the ISO widely available in Asian countries and make an international contribution. Design/methodology/approach: The authors implemented a 6- to 10-month health program in Minowa Town, Matsumoto City and Nagano City in Japan. This study assessed findings from pedometric, anthropometric and blood pressure measurements and physical fitness, blood chemistry and brain function tests. Findings: The comparisons were made by examining the interaction effects between groups of participants. Groups from three regions in Japan showed significant differences on the physical fitness tests; regarding the 10-meter obstacle walk, the results of the Minowa participants showed the greatest improvement and the Matsumoto participants showed the second greatest improvement. In the six-min walk, the time of the Minowa participants significantly improved. Research limitations/implications: This health education program, which has been conducted by the Japanese authors since 1998, measures anthropometry, brain function and physical fitness and performs blood tests before and after the program and it measures energy consumption with a pedometer during the program. With the aim of improving exercise via encouragement from friends and a sense of community with fellow participants, participants learn together with hands-on training in tai chi and aerobics about the importance of ongoing exercise and proper nutrition. This health education met the Health Education ISO in 2014. Practical implications: Since 2010, Nagano Prefecture, including Minowa Town, Matsumoto City and Nagano City, where our study was carried out, has been the area with the highest life expectancy rates in Japan. Social implications: The authors want to make this health promotion through ISO widely available in Asian countries and an international contribution. Originality/value: This study aimed to appropriately establish a Japanese-style healthcare program under the ISO 9001:2008 to improve problem areas and inspect its effectiveness.
ISSN: 20564910
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2020

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